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Updated 13 June 2022

Umrah is one of the important pilgrimages that Muslims may perform at any time during the year in Saudi Arabia. This pilgrimage is a part of the grand pilgrimage, Hajj, which is performed annually.

We’ve gathered all the important information that you need to perform Umrah from India in this article. Read further to find out.

Umrah from India 2022 news

In a piece of welcome news, the Saudi authorities have recently launched an electronic service for Umrah pilgrims that will enable them to obtain their Umrah visa within 24 hours. Umrah seekers residing in countries all over the world may now directly apply for the visa through a designated web service.

The validity of the Umrah visa has also been extended from one month to three months. This new arrangement also allows pilgrims to move about freely within Saudi Arabia without any restraints.

While the electronic service for the Umrah visa has reportedly been launched, there has been no information on where the Umrah seekers may register. We’ll update this section as soon as new details emerge.

In the meantime, the government of Saudi Arabia recommends that you enlist the assistance of an approved travel agent in your country to obtain your Umrah visa. 

For the Umrah e-visa, you simply need to complete the form, upload the required documents, make the payment, and wait for a response.

Can Indians perform Umrah in 2022?

Yes, Saudi Arabia is currently issuing permits to foreign pilgrims wishing to perform the Umrah. Additionally, the Saudi government has also lifted all COVID-related restrictions for international arrivals from essentially all countries including:

  • Pilgrims are no longer needed to present a PCR test upon arrival
  • Pilgrims no longer need to present proof of vaccination upon arrival, hence, unvaccinated pilgrims can perform Umrah at any time of their convenience.
  • Children aged 5 and above can apply for an Umrah permit and pray at the Holy Rawdah.

Recently, the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah allowed women aged 18 to 65 to perform Umrah without a male guardian or “mahram”, but on the condition that they are a part of a group. They are also required to be vaccinated for one dose (partially vaccinated) and free of any diseases.

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Entry permit to Makkah

Saudi authorities have recently announced a rule where all expatriates wishing to enter Makkah are required to first obtain an entry permit. This means that holders of tourist or visit visas wishing to perform Umrah may only do so after they have secured the Makkah entry permit.

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This requirement will apply until the end of this year’s Hajj season.

When is the best time for Umrah 2022?

Many Muslims prefer to perform Umrah during Ramadan. Especially since the holy month itself is believed to be a time where the Qur’an is first revealed to the Prophet Muhammad SAW, thus, Ramadan is marked as the month full of blessings. That is why, all good deeds are encouraged during Ramadan, including Umrah.

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However, visiting Umrah during Ramadan can be a little bit expensive, since the cost of the Umrah package is expected to rise during Ramadan, especially on the last 10 days of Ramadan since people are wanting to spend the last days of Ramadan in the holy cities of Makkah and Medina. A significant rise in cost has been reported for Umrah packages from Umrah operators in Saudi Arabia from SAR110 to SAR200.

The same case will likely occur for Umrah operators in India as well, considering Saudi Arabia now has established the Value Added Tax (VAT) to 15%, foreign exchange rate and other aspects would make the cost of Umrah packages rise.

What are the requirements for Umrah 2022?

Umrah visa

Here are the documents that you need to prepare to obtain your Umrah Visa:

  • A completed original Umrah visa application form. The statement written at the end of the application form must be carefully read and signed. (To obtain a visa application form by post, send a large, self-addressed envelope to your nearest Saudi Consulate.) Note: If someone has a non-Muslim name, he or she should submit a certificate from a mosque or an Islamic center stating that the applicant is a Muslim.
  • One recent passport size color photograph with a white background should be attached to the application form. The photograph must be a full-face view in which the visa applicant is facing the camera directly. Side or angled views are NOT accepted.
  • Passports should be valid for at least 6 months from the date of submission of the application form.
  • Confirmed and non-refundable airline ticket. Departure from Saudi Arabia should be within two weeks from the date of entry.
  • A vaccination certificate against Meningococcal Meningitis should be attached. The certificate of vaccinations should have been issued not more than three years and not less than 10 days prior to entry to Saudi Arabia and it should be valid for three years. The vaccination certificate must be with the applicant on entry to Saudi Arabia.
  • If the applicant is not a national of the country he/she is applying from, a valid residency permit must be submitted with the application.

Umrah visa can be applied through an accredited travel agent.

Can I perform Umrah using a tourist visa?

Yes, you can. But as mentioned above, those without the Umrah permit will not be able to enter Makkah for any purpose including Umrah until the end of this year’s Hajj season.

Performing Umrah on a tourist visa does offer its own advantages such as a longer stay period, permission for multiple entries, and the freedom to choose your own hotel for Umrah.

Here are our top picks of hotels in Makkah and Madinah that you can book to ensure a suitable accommodation:

Jabal Omar Hyatt Regency

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Jabal Omar Hyatt Regency is situated at the heart of the holy city of Makkah; the hotel is just a one-minute walk to Al-Masjid Al-Haram. You can expect luxurious, relaxing, spacious suites and an elegant atmosphere. It is easily accessible by road and has seamless connectivity to and from Jeddah and King Abdulaziz International Airport.

Rating: 5*
Distance to Masjid al Haram: less than 1 kilometer/1-minute walk
Price starts from 7,735 INR per night.

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Conrad Makkah

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Conrad Makkah is just a 5 minutes walk by road to the Kaaba and the Holy Mosque. The hotel offers spacious and modern rooms, complimentary WiFi, a car hire facility and a 24-hour front desk and gift shop facility. King Abdulaziz International Airport is also easily accessible and is located 47 minutes away from this destination.

Rating: 5*
Distance to Masjid al Haram: less than 1 kilometer/5-minute walk
Price starts from 11,311 INR pet night.

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Makkah Towers

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Another hotel located in proximity to the Holy Haram, the 5-star Makkah Towers, has the most spacious and convenient rooms with a spectacular view. Getting here from King Abdul Aziz International Airport is very convenient – and only one hour away by road.

Rating: 5*
Distance to Masjid al Haram: less than 1 kilometer/2-minute walk
Price starts from 9,486 INR per night.

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Crowne Plaza Madinah

Hotel Exterior

The hotel is in proximity to Masjid al-Nabawi and Holy Rawdah. Pilgrims can walk or take a free shuttle directly to the entrances of the Prophet’s Holy Mosque. The hotel concierge can help with suggestions on restaurants, markets and shopping malls in nearby areas in Madinah.

Rating: 5*
Distance to Prophet’s Holy Mosque: 1.1 kilometer/6-minute walk
Price starts from 13,398 INR per night.

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Madinah Hilton

Exterior Hotel With Holy Mosque

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Madinah Hilton is a two-minute walk from the Masjid al-Nabawi and Holy Rawdah. It is located at a 25 minutes distance from the airport and has shops, 2 restaurants and 1 café. The hotel also provides a range of kids’ amenities upon request.

Rating: 5*
Distance to Prophet’s Holy Mosque: 2.5 kilometer/16-minute walk
Price starts from 17,971 INR per night.

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Note: Hotel and accommodation prices are accurate at the time of writing.

Umrah permit

The Umrah permit is issued through the Eatmarna and Tawakkalna apps.

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You can use the Eatmarna and Tawakkalna to pre-plan your Umrah and register for your permit. You can also identify the most suitable time to perform Umrah based on the crowd percentage and time of day.

According to the latest update, a verification of a person’s vaccination status is no longer required when issuing an Umrah permit and a permit to enter the two Holy Mosques. Although, a permit is still needed for performing Umrah and praying in the Holy Rawdah, the chambers where Prophet Mohammed is buried. 

Muqeem arrival registration for Umrah pilgrims

Your vaccination status will first need to be registered on Saudi Arabia’s Muqeem portal at least 72 hours before departure to the Kingdom. Since Umrah pilgrims are categorized as short-term visitors, you would first need to register your arrival and vaccine certificate here.

For details on how you can register yourself on the arrival registration platform, please do refer to our dedicated article.

Saudi Arabia Muqeem Arrival Registration: Rules and Procedures for Travel to Saudi Arabia

Umrah 2022 packages in India

You can book your Umrah package from Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Hajj and Umrah-approved travel agent for India, Akbar Travel through their website here.

You can also choose to book your package from your cities, such as Bengaluru, Calicut, Chennai, Cochin, Delhi, Lucknow, and Mumbai. The Umrah packages are for 15 days 14/13 nights, ranging from INR 98000 to INR 108000.

All packages include the Umrah visa, airfares, accommodation, 3 meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner), and transportation.

You can also book through the other approved travel agents in your cities below:

Ahmedabad

Tawaf Tours and Travels
Phone number: 0091 79 25508104
E-mail: [email protected]

Uveis Tours & Travels
Phone number: 00919727711844
E-mail: [email protected]

Saudi Haj Travels
Phone number: 9376707003
E-mail: [email protected]

Rajasthan Haj Umrah Tours
Phone number: 00917925395035
E-mail: [email protected]

Inter Air Travels
Phone number: 9723791300
E-mail: [email protected]

Bangalore

Baitul Haram International Tours and Travels
Phone number: 09986755507
E-mail: [email protected]

Round The World Travel and Tours
Phone number: 8197995777
E-mail: [email protected]

Makkah Tours & Travel
Phone number: 00919967077577
E-mail: [email protected]

Al Aamiri Travels Services
Phone number: 9888832222
E-mail: [email protected]

Shifana Travels Private Limited
Phone number: 00918095845151
E-mail: [email protected]

Baitul Haram Hajj Service
Phone number: 00919845309493
E-mail: [email protected]

Sagar Overseas Services
Phone number: 09886021666
E-mail: [email protected]

Sultan International Group
Phone number: 9739397786
E-mail: [email protected]

Mumbai

3N Travel & Tourist Bureau
Phone number: 00912226796088
E-mail: [email protected]

Shukriya Travels Private Limited
Phone number: 00912223471600
E-mail: [email protected]

The Benzy Tours and Travels
Phone number: 00912239816222
E-mail: [email protected]

Makkah Haj Corporation
Phone number: 00912223465963
E-mail: [email protected]

Al Khalid Tours & Travels
Phone number: 00912223011111
E-mail: [email protected]

Al Hafsa Tours & Travels
Phone number: 00912223400250
E-mail: [email protected]

Asfahan Tours & Travels
Phone number: 919930181046
E-mail: [email protected]

Calicut

Safiya Travels
Phone number: 00914952722770
E-mail: [email protected]

Safa Umrah Tours and Travels
Phone number: 00914952701846
E-mail: [email protected]

Salaf Haj Umra Guidance & Service
Phone number: 00914832765100
E-mail: [email protected]

Wandoor Safiya Travels
Phone number: 04931 248398
E-mail: [email protected]

Southern Alliance International Tours & Travels
Phone number: 9324558479
E-mail: [email protected]

Markaz Travel Mart
Phone number: 00914952723831
E-mail: [email protected]

Arabworld Travel and Tradelinks
Phone number: 00914712328386
E-mail: [email protected]

Hyderabad

Al-Azam Tours and Travels
Phone number: 00914066786111
E-mail: [email protected]

Al Mohsin Tours and Travels
Phone number: 00914066804545
E-mail: [email protected]

Arsh Travel Bureau
Phone number: 04023235525
E-mail: [email protected]

Al-Qayyum Tours and Travels
Phone number: 00919866172525
E-mail: [email protected]

Evia Travel
Phone number: 7680902359
E-mail: [email protected]

Muskan Tours and Travel
Phone number: 00918472272783
E-mail: [email protected]

Zahis Travel and Tourism
Phone number: 00914066777600
E-mail: [email protected]

Quba Tours and Travels
Phone number: 9700786786
E-mail: [email protected]

Fahad Tours and Travels
Phone number: 919885929550
E-mail: [email protected]

Al Afifa Tours
Phone number: 00919394779877
E-mail: [email protected]

New Delhi

Alif Travels
Phone number: 00911123719411
E-mail: [email protected]

Alhind Tours and Travels
Phone number: 9496005902
E-mail: [email protected]

Aliya Air Travels
Phone number: 00911204017400
E-mail: [email protected]

Destination India Tours & Travels
Phone number: 00919910111290
E-mail: [email protected]

Musafir Tours & Travels
Phone number: 0096658909077
E-mail: [email protected]

Taqwa Tours Corporation
Phone number: 9810294348
E-mail: [email protected]

Al-Ansar Tours & Travels
Phone number: 00966599989695
E-mail: [email protected]

Al Shahin Tour and Travels
Phone number: 9811675783
E-mail: [email protected]

Al-Aqsa Global Services
Phone number: 00911126983435
E-mail: [email protected]

Shaan International
Phone number: 00919310288871
E-mail: [email protected]

Habib Tours
Phone number: 9899153722
E-mail: [email protected]

Lucknow

United Tours and Travels
Phone Number: 00919935257098
Email: [email protected]

Laraib International Tours and Travels
Phone Number: 00915224003535
Email: [email protected]

Mirza Tour and Travel
Phone Number: 05224067707
Email: [email protected]

Kalaam Tours and Travels
Phone Number: 00919628897628
Email: [email protected]

Makkah Tours & Travels
Phone Number: 9555151887
Email: [email protected]

Sagar Tours and Travels
Phone Number: 2530047
Email: [email protected]

Riaz Tour and Travels
Phone Number: 00919935570058
Email: [email protected]

Shan Enterprises
Phone Number: 00915224004066
Email: [email protected]

To see the full list of the approved travel agents, please consult to The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah website.

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